Friday, April 25, 2014

A Heart Like His

Some hearts have been broken.

Some are indifferent and it seems, have rarely been used.

Some hearts are heavy with burdens.

Some hearts have become hardened, like stone.

Some hearts have been fearful.

Some hearts have doubted.

Some hearts have been worn out and have given up.

But one thing they have in common- all hearts are desperate for the Father’s love.

If I’m to be totally honest I would have to say that my heart has been all of those things.

One definition of the Heart is described in dictionary terms as this,
the center of the total personality, especially with reference to intuition, feeling, or emotion.

So often we are led by our hearts, our feelings, and our emotions but if we’re not careful we can be led astray…

God’s word says this of our hearts-
Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.
Proverbs 4:23

I don’t believe that God is suggesting to build a wall around our heart and not let anyone in but instead, to trust Him with our heart- our whole heart.

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:7

Often times we have no peace because we lose sight of Jesus or we struggle recognizing Him at all because we’ve allowed our hearts to become hardened and the truth of who He is and what He’s capable of doing cannot penetrate the stony places.

Late at night, the boat was far out at sea; Jesus was still by himself on land. He could see his men struggling with the oars, the wind having come up against them. At about four o’clock in the morning, Jesus came toward them, walking on the sea. He intended to go right by them. But when they saw him walking on the sea, they thought it was a ghost and screamed, scared out of their wits.

Jesus was quick to comfort them: "Courage! It’s me. Don’t be afraid." As soon as he climbed into the boat, the wind died down. They were stunned, shaking their heads, wondering what was going on. They didn’t understand what he had done at the supper. None of this had yet penetrated their hearts.
Mark 6:48-52

We can be comforted by John 14:27, which says, Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

And while we may have had our hearts broken we’re promised that we are never alone,
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18

Most of all we need to remember that there are some needs that can only be met by God, some areas that only He can fill, some hurts that only He can heal. If we’re looking to Him for those things we will find our joy in Him and His desires will be ours and our hearts will be more like His.
Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Psalm 37:4

"A woman's heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him just to find her." ~Max Lucado

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